Current Classes

BIOL111 – Ecological Biology (4 cr.)

An introduction to the study of the interrelationships among organisms and their physical and biotic environments. Topics include natural selection and adaptation, population growth and regulation, competition, predation, mutualism, productivity, energy flow and nutrient cycling. Emphasizes doing hands-on scientific research and problem solving using the primary ecological literature. Lab. Offered yearly in Fall Semester. (A-QR)

BIOL226 – Biological Diversity (4 cr.)
A survey of plants, animals, fungi, protists and bacteria emphasizing basic principles in organismal biology. Topics include origin of life, evolution, structure and function, homeostatic mechanisms, reproduction and life history phenomena, and systematics. Lab. Offered yearly in Spring Semester.

BIOL455 – Population and Community Ecology (4 cr.)

Examines interactions among populations and their environments from empirical and theoretical perspectives. Topics include life history evolution, optimality, population growth, competition, predation, community structure and theories of species coexistence. Emphasizes ecological inquiry via experimental design and statistical analysis of data from student-initiated field research projects. Lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 111. Offered twice every three years in Fall Semester. (RCH)

AWPE142 – Introduction to Aikido (1 cr.)

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes peaceful resolution of conflict. Using grapples and throws, students learn to respond to confrontation without fear, doubt, or conflict, and to discover their inner power. No prior martial arts experience is necessary. All students are encouraged to participate regardless of physical ability. Offered every two years. (W)

Research Mentorship

I have a passion for plants, and I’m enthusiastic about working with students on a wide variety of plant-related research projects! Please contact me if you might be at all interested in working with me on these projects either during the school year or over the summer. My research involves exciting questions at the forefront of plant ecology. We investigate these questions in the field, in the lab, in the greenhouse, and on the computer (trust me, this stuff is cool).  Your work could help scientists understand:

  • What makes invasive plants succeed where native plants fail?
  • How and why do invasive plants grow so differently where they invade than where they are native?
  • How do plants recognize their neighbors, and how do they use that information?
  • Why do plants grow differently when growing next to kin?
  • Why aren’t plants more aggressive competitors?
  • How do evolutionary forces shape plant interactions?

Your work will also give you excellent research experience as well as the opportunity to contribute to, or perhaps author, important peer-reviewed publications. Undergraduate students I have mentored have published papers in top journals in the field, including Nature: Ecology & EvolutionOecologiaJournal of Plant Ecology, and Invasive Plant Science & Management.